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Mother fears son's murder will become cold case

Thomas Ashley Thomas Ashley
Archie Ashley Archie Ashley
Nicole Ashley Nicole Ashley

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville mother said her son was murdered almost two years ago and his case is about to go cold.

Thomas Ashley was just 19 years old when he was found shot to death near his 29th and Bank Street home. Nicole Ashley said her last conversation with her son was on November 28, 2010, Thomas died two days later.

"Breaks my heart," said Nicole Ashley, "I know everybody's child is important to them but, my baby I don't know what happened to him."

On November 30, 2010, Thomas was found dead in an alley behind St. Xavier Street, just 20 feet from his father's Portland home. Thomas had been riding his bike home from a friend's.

"You never in a million years would you think that your child has been murdered," said Nicole Ashley.

Back in 2010, Thomas was home for Thanksgiving after being away at Job Corp at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, hoping to make a better life for himself.

"He was very outgoing, ambitious, he was going to be a welder," said Nicole Ashley. "I can only image what he'd be doing right now."

Nicole said finding out why her son was murdered wouldn't make her feel any better but, knowing who did it would. She now can only wonder if her son's death had anything to do with Thomas's grandfather, Archie Ashley.

Just weeks before Thomas was killed, his grandfather had been charged with murdering Andrew Elliott in the Shawnee neighborhood. Archie Ashley told police that Andrew and two friends were harassing him and throwing rocks at his house, so he fired his gun. Last year, Archie Ashley pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a plea deal and was sentenced to 15 years.

"I know it's a coincidence that had happened and not even 30 days later I lose my son," said Nicole Ashley. "You hear rumors they are just that sometimes." "I just want answers. I want someone to come forward I know somebody knows something. Why they wont talk I don't know."

LMPD said they don't have any updates on this case, if you have any information call (502) 547-LMPD.

A vigil is being planned for 4 p.m. on Friday in the alley off 29th Street and Gilligan in the Portland neighborhood.

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